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KH-2002 Khaybar

Assault rifle

KH-2002 Khaybar

It seems that the KH-2002 Khaybar assault rifle is already in service with Iran

Country of origin Iran
Entered service ?
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (empty) 3.7 kg
Length 730 mm
Length (with folded stock) -
Barrel length ?
Muzzle velocity 900 - 950 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 800 - 850 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 20, 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire ~ 450 m


   The KH-2002 Khaybar assault rifle was developed in Iran. It is named after the legendary battle of Khaybar. This weapon was first revealed in 2004. It was intended to replace the ageing German HK G3 automatic rifles in service with Iranian armed forces. The G3 rifles are license-produced in Iran. Some sources report that this assault rifle is in limited service with Iranian armed forces, however there are no clear evidences to that. It looks like the Khaybar was not ordered in quantity due to a number of its serious design issues. Recently a number of new assault rifles emerged in Iran, that could replace the ageing G3.

   The KH-2002 is a gas operated selective fire assault rifle with a bullpup layout. Generally it is a bullpup conversion of the Iranian DIO S-5.56 assault rifle (clone of the M16A1). This weapon is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. A claimed effective range of fire is about 450 m. However this weapon has some serious design issues.

   This weapon has a plastic housing. Charging handle is located on top of the receiver, inside the loop of the carrying handle. It allows to charge the weapon using either hand. However a serious injury could occur, should the weapon accidentally discharge while the operator is holding the weapon by the handle.

   The KH-2002 Khaybar is not fully ambidextrous, as there is only one spent case ejection port and one fire mode selector switch. The fire mode selector is located well behind the magazine. It has settings for semi-auto, 3-round burst and full-auto modes. There is an automatic safety, built into the pistol grip. Enlarged triggerguard of this assault rifle allows to fire wearing winter gloves.

   The KH-2002 Khaybar is compatible with the standard NATO (M16-type) magazines, holding 20 or 30 rounds.

   Iron sights of this assault rifle are built into the carrying handle. It seems that the KH-2002 can also mount Picatinny-type sights. This weapon is compatible with a bayonet and detachable folding bipod. More recent version of this weapon has additional accessory rails over the foregrip.

   The Khaybar assault rifle is available in two more variants: carbine, with a shorter barrel and a dedicated marksman rifle, with a longer barrel. When the carbine version of the KH-2002 was first publicly exhibited, it had no front sight.


KH-2002 Khaybar

KH-2002 Khaybar

KH-2002 Khaybar

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